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How To: Style your Long Bob for Summer!

Summer is the perfect time to try out a brand new hairstyle. For many of us, switching up our hair involves cutting some of it off! I recently did just that, opting for a long bob style courtesy of Master Stylist Karen Lino. If you’ve also jumped on the bandwagon of the long bob trend, read on for a few ways to style your new do this summer!

Curl it Up

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Jourdan Dunn – who technically has a full on bob, but I love her and had to feature her here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have straight hair like me, I suggest letting your hair air dry after washing it to minimise the amount of heat you’re going to apply. You can always use a round brush for some extra volume when it’s almost dry. Next, take a 3/4 to 1 inch curling iron and curl big sections of hair going in opposite directions. You’ll want your face framing pieces to be curled away from your face. Finger brush out the curls to finish!

For curly haired girls, you may need to straighten out your hair prior to curling. Better yet, embrace your natural curl with a curl enhancing product like Kevin Murphy’s Killer Curls!

Sleek and Straight

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Jessica Alba

Once again, I like to let my hair air dry before straightening it to avoid using a ton of heat. Although my hair is naturally straight, I use a straightening iron if I want a really sleek look. I curved my ends in slightly but not so much that they look rounded.

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For curly hair, blow drying your hair with a large round brush before flat-ironing may be optimal. Curly haired Stylist Karen loves using Living Proof’s Style Lab Satin Hair Serum before blow-drying her hair straight!

Messy and Textured

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

Bring on the beach hair! For this look, I first scrunched up my wet hair with Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort and let it air dry. I then took a flat iron and added random bends into my hair, all directed away from my face. I like using a flat iron for this particular style because I find I have more control over the wave I am creating and where I want the bend, compared to when I use a curling iron.

For curly haired girls, I suggest you straighten out your hair before the above steps. Alternatively, you can once again embrace your natural texture! Try using Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again to eliminate any frizz and then use a flat iron to manipulate your curl.

 

Try these hairstyles and products out on your new long bob haircut and let us know what you think!

 

Blog by Alice Kapune.

Celebrity photos from Google images. 

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My Journey to Bright Purple Hair and How You Can Get It Too

I’ve always been fairly timid with my hair choices, opting for various shades of brown or subtle ombres. The wildest I had gone was a brown with a slight purple tint to it, and some purple pieces along the bottom. But one morning I woke up and wanted to do something totally different and go purple all over. I texted my lovely co blogger Alice and we made plans to come get our hair done. Doing bright, fun colours in your hair isn’t always an easy (or short) process, so I’m going to explain what Senior Stylist Vanessa did to make my hair a gorgeous shade of purple.Because my hair was currently a sombre, I needed to lighten it first. Unfortunately, because there was more than one colour in my hair, and it had been coloured many times in the past, we couldn’t lighten everything at once. Vanessa started by applying the lightener to my roots, which was the darkest and natural hair colour. She let that sit for a while, and when she came back she started applying through the middle section of my hair. Finally she did the ends of my hair and made sure everything was lifting to the same colour.

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Seeing my hair the colour of Kraft Dinner definitely made me a little nervous.

As you can see, my hair didn’t lift evenly, and in my experience this is normal. We applied a toner that would even everything out and get rid of some of that residual orange pigment in my hair.

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This was the last picture I saw of my hair until the end. Slightly nerve wracking, but I put all my trust into Vanessa

It was finally time to apply the colour! We did this using Sparks direct colour, and Vanessa mixed a few different colours in order to get the shade of purple that we were going for. Once the purple was applied, we let it sit for a long time. We decided that I wouldn’t see anything involving the purple until the finished product. I loved the idea of being surprised, but it was so tempting to peek when everyone was coming up to me and talking about the colour!

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The Sparks colour on my hair… it’s so purple!

I don’t know what I was expecting, but I fell in love with the colour! It didn’t feel like a weird colour for my hair to be, it just looked good. In total, it ended up being a 5 step colour application and I was there for 3-4 hours. It’s definitely not a short process, but it was absolutely worth it. Everyone will have a different experience, but most people require their hair to be lightened before they can do any sort of brighter colour. This colour will fade in roughly a month, and then we can play around with different colours to put on!

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The official before and after! Unfortunately we forgot to take something while we were in the salon, but even after being out in the wind, the colour look fantastic!

If you’re looking to try something new for summer, head to http://www.hairrepublic.xyz or call 613-695-0789 to set up a free, 15 minute Consultation. Remember to post your photos with the hashtag #HRBL so we can see your fabulous hair!

5 Ways to Style Short Hair for Fall 2013

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Hair Republic | Salon’s own Vanessa Grainger opted for a change in her ‘do last month. Her Cut and Style was serviced by Senior Stylist Michelle Nguyen (Blyth) and Colour was serviced by Senior Stylist Taze Vushaj.

Now, not everyone knows how to style their short hair. What products do you use? How do you use them? What style is appropriate for which occasion? Etc. We want to help you!

Vanessa depicted her new short hair style during the following week, to illustrate you just how versatile and fun having this style can be! We have added directions on how to style, as well, the products used, which you can find at Hair Republic | Salon.

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Look #2

Products used: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Hydromousse
Directions: Apply Awapuhi Hydromousse to hair after towel drying your hair. Next, using a comb and fingers, create a few “finger waves” while drying your hair. Finally, when hair is dry, use your fingers to loosen the waves to add more texture.
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Look #3
Products used: Sojourn Volume Gel and Kevin Murphy Gritty Business.
Directions: Start with applying the Sojourn Volume Gel on towel dried hair. Rough dry with hands and blow dryer, lifting up hair at roots to receive lots of volume. When hair is dry, use Kevin Murphy’s Gritty Business – just a dime size, unless you need more hold – and massage well into your palms. Finally, apply all over, pulling hair strands upwards.
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Look #4
Products used: Kevin Murphy Body Building Mousse and Sojourn Smooth Serum.
Directions: Apply Kevin Murphy’s Body Building Mousse to damp hair – the best way to do this is by spraying mousse along a wide toothed comb, then combing it through your hair to reach each strand. Blow dry hair towards one side. Finally, she applied Sojourn Smooth Serum to the  ends of her hair for a sleek shiny look.
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Look #5
Products used: Kevin Murphy Night Rider
Directions: First, apply a dime size of Kevin Murphy’s Night Rider on damp hair. Next, blow dry with a vented round brush – brushing upwards to get maximum volume. Finally when hair is dry, apply a  little more Kevin Murphy Night Rider to maintain height and to give hair more texture.

Roll Out the Red Carpet for Yourself This Valentine’s Day!

We are in the midst of award season – hello stunning dresses, hair, and makeup! As many of us watch the stars stroll down the red carpet, we wonder, “Why can’t my hair be that nice every day? How can I look like this for Valentine’s!?

Don’t worry about how perfect their hair may look because trust me, you can do it yourself at home! I want to help you create a look for Valentine’s Day, whether you need to be restaurant-ready or at-home-effortless with your girlfriends enjoying a glass of wine.

The trend of a bun has been seen for months now but some of us at Hair Republic | Salon can’t take the staple out of our hair wardrobe. Do you blame us? It is simple and easy even for someone who never plays with their hair. Here we have the top hair trend in the past year and how you can tailor it to your own style.

The easiest and quickest way, is to use a “hair doughnut” or “sock bun”. The gist of it is to place your hair into a tight pony tail, however high, low, or to the side you want. Next, you wrap the end of the ponytail around the hair doughnut and continue rolling the doughnut all the way down to the base of the pony.

It can look something like this:

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Photos from Pinterest.com

The best part is how sharp you can look with a bold lip colour, such as Lauren Conrad pictured above. Hanging out with the girls, running errands, going to class, last minute date? You don’t have to feel the need to dress up and a messy bun will be the perfect touch!

You can purchase the hair doughnut at H&M which comes in Light Beige for blondes, Brown and Dark Brown for brunettes:

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     As someone who juggles school, work, a social life, and trying to keep up with the trends, I am never surprised at the compliments I receive when rocking the bun. This hair style is a solution to my every day life! After practicing once or twice, you will get the hang of it – I guarantee.

Create, discover, play around, add your personal touch, no need for step by step directions!

And let me tell you, these starlets come home at the end of the day, just like us, and probably put their hair in a less chic bun.

By Amanda Vagners
a.vagners@hairrepublic.ca